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Young Drivers Test: Sauber to run Hulkenberg, Frijns and Sato

Sauber names line-up for Young Driver test
The Sauber F1 team has confirmed that race driver Nico Hulkenberg will join Robin Frijns and Kimiya Sato at the Young Driver Test at Silverstone next week.

Hulkenberg will drive on Thursday afternoon only, with Frijns, Sauber's test and reserve driver, on track on Wednesday and on Thursday morning. It will be the second Young Driver Test for Frijns. The Dutchman is the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 World Series champion and is currently competing in the 2013 GP2 Series with Hilmer Motorsport. He won the GP2 Feature race in Spain back in May and is ninth in the championship at the moment with 45 points on the board.

Kimiya Sato - no relation to Takuma Sato - meanwhile will get into the Sauber C32 and drive an F1 car for the very first time on the Friday. The 24-year-old brings experience from series like Formula BMW, Japanese and German Formula 3, as well as the Formula 3 Euro Series, and currently leads the 2013 Auto GP Championship.

Esteban Gutierrez - Sauber's other race driver - will not get the opportunity to run or get any laps with the new Pirelli tyres.

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06.07.2013- Free Practice 3, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team C32
06.07.2013- Free Practice 3, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team C32
05.07.2013- Free Practice 2, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team C32
05.07.2013- Free Practice 1, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team C32
29.06.2013- Free Pratice 3, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team C32

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July 12, 2013 10:15 PM

How long do we think Esteban will remain in F1? If he had been driving on merit and not sponsorship I would be surprised if he finished the current season. They didn't have the patience with DLR to give him a full season, which in some ways was unfair because the car was so damn unreliable for the first half of 2010. Unless the new tyres start to bring Sauber back into contention, I just don't see Esteban scoring a point although he has improved slightly since his practice during the Indian GP last year.

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